Australia sets 184-run target for Pakistan T20 tri-angular series-final


Australia T20 captain Aaron Finch has jumped three places to vault to the top of ICC T20I rankings for batsmen, while Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman and India's KL Rahul rose to the No. 2 and No. 3 spots respectively. With scores of 61, 6, 47, 73 and 91 in Zimbabwe, he moved up 44 spots to reach No.2 - a career-best for him so far.

After winning both their first T20I matches in the tri-series, Australia were on a roll at the moment.

Pakistan and Australia will face off each other in the tri-series final at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe.

It should be noted that Australian ODI captain Tim Paine's leadership abilities are now under scanner after the side's crushing 0-5 ODI defeat against England last month.

The three wickets that the 18-year-old Afridi achieved in his four overs wowed many an observer as he ripped apart the very core of the Australian batting strength with deliveries that looked years beyond the capabilities of those young shoulders.

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Nic Maddinson, who managed scores of 5 and 2 in his first two worldwide limited-overs games in almost five years on this tour, has been dropped.

Previous year he was no way near Pakistan cricket, now Fakhar Zaman has become an integral part of the team, single-handedly winning games for the green shirts. In the Champions Trophy, in the final, he got that hundred. Usman Khan, the fast bowler, and Faheem Ashraf the all-rounder, have completed the fast-bowling attack while Shadab Khan, who has three wickets and 36 runs from No.8 is the only specialist spinner.

Pakistan were in trouble early on in their reply as they lost their first two wickets with just two runs on the scoreboard. He is truly a gift that keeps on giving and is a source of inspiration for many a young batsman of humble background around Pakistan.

With its youthful exuberance coming to the fore, the present team is growing and progressing well, both individually and collectively. Whilst the Pakistan fielding may have shown some worrying signs of regressing to its mediocre past, the manner in which some of the younger players can field and lift their side is mind boggling too.

"Learning from failure and working hard are important factors for me", he said, adding that he received help and guidance from senior player Shoaib Malik. Pakistan bowled well at the death, restricting Australian side to 183, when at one stage, 200 seemed likely. Heaping praise on Finch for his recent promising performances, Langer said that he is brilliant and it is great to have a dynamic player like him in the team. "That's how he needs to play his cricket". We've certainly seen that in England, and also the last two times we've played Pakistan.